Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education). While over 30 of the University’s academic programs are accredited by their own specialized accreditors, Ohio University as a whole is accredited by HLC; all of the University’s programs and units are covered by this institution-wide accreditation. HLC offers three different pathways to institutional accreditation. They are the Standard Pathway, the Open Pathway, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP, soon to be phased out) pathway. Ohio University has been in AQIP since 2002. The next HLC Comprehensive Evaluation and visit will occur no later than Fall 2024.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Cluster/Cohort Hire Initiatives
Academic deans are working with their faculty to develop proposals for two cluster/cohort hires. Due at the end of January, the proposals will address two key areas. The first is hiring up to six tenure-track faculty members who will focus on teaching, research, and/or service in the areas of belonging, race, inclusion, diversity, gender, accessibility, and/or equity. The second is hiring up to six instructional faculty members who will focus on areas of inclusive pedagogy and equitable outcomes, especially in areas of high undergraduate student need and gateway courses with higher DFW rates or equity gaps in student outcomes.
Academic Planning and Strategy Initiative
Academic excellence is foundational to OHIO’s success as an institution of higher learning. Provost Sayrs unveiled the Academic Planning and Strategy initiative in fall 2020 and more than 60 OHIO faculty members self-nominated to develop recommendations about strengthening and refocusing the academic core of our University. Please share your feedback and engage in the process.
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Vice Provost for Faculty Development
We play a key role in ensuring that academic excellence and high professional standards are hallmarks of Ohio University. Responsibilities include processes for program and curricular changes; academic program review and assessment; faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure; student tuition appeals and more. The office provides valuable resources for new and established faculty; deans, chairs, and directors; and students.